"I’m proud to have Sensei Dave as my Instructor, he's a very knowledgeable Instructor and is prepared to take his time with you so that you understand exactly what you are doing” Mike Fellows 1st Kyu.
“Two of my children attend this club, my son has been a member for 5 years now, starting as an angry little boy who needed guidance, he is now training hard and working towards his 1st Dan Black Belt. My daughter couldn’t wait to reach joining age as she wanted to be a part of such a happy united friendly club. Many thanks to Sensei Dave Parry and Sensei Roger for all the hard work that's been put into my son and daughter, fantastic teachers and now very good friends.” Kelly Smith (Mom)
“I like that Sensei Dave helps us calmly and doesn’t shout at us even if we get it wrong, I have made lots of friends at karate and it helps me keep fit. The club is like a big happy family who all work together to help each other. I am proud to be a member of West Midlands Shuhari Wadoryu Karate Club.” Serenity Saunders 8th Mon.
“I enjoy coming to Karate because I enjoy doing new things and making friends and I like Sensei Dave because he is nice.” Emily Rogers aged 8.
“I like learning new things about Karate it is fun and Sensei Dave is the best.” Maisie Rogers aged 6.
“I would recommend this club to anyone who is interested in Karate or the Martial Arts, both my daughters love coming here and have grown both in confidence and self control over the past year. Sensei Dave takes the time to ensure they understand what they are doing and why.” Jo, Mom to Emily and Maisie).
“I really enjoy coming here and Sensei Dave is a really good teacher, I enjoy sparring the most”. Kenzie Wood Aged 8 1/2.
“Sensei Dave is a brilliant teacher who always has time for each child, my son has grown in confidence over the last year since he has been coming here, so I would highly recommend this Karate Club.” Sarah, Kenzie's Mom.
“My son has been coming to this club for just over 3 years, he never misses a lesson unless he is ill. Karate has given him more confidence in himself and its a great family atmosphere, he loves going to Karate twice a week and he has made a lot of friends.” Leslie, Cameron's Mom.
We at the West Midlands Shuhari Wadoryu Karate Clubs will adopt the same aims as Shizen-do Kai GB, and these are that we shall develop Wadoryu karate along the Traditional lines as laid down by Meijin Hironori Ohtsuka, preserving the old kata and their traditional bunkai applications, but also including techniques through Applied Martial Arts ( Reality Based Applications),offering a friendly companionship to all like minded karate-ka whatever their Race or Religion, Gender or Style.
West Midlands Shuhari Wadoryu Karate shall promote an interest in and keep an open mind to the Martial Arts of ALL styles and their back grounds within these aims.
We shall also promote Wadoryu Karate as a means of Self Defence and Personal fitness, recording and updating the history of its development through Kata and its teachings.
We shall also provide a safe training envoirement for anyone wishing to learn the art.
The West Midlands Shuhari Wadoryu Karate Club has adopted the same aims as Shizen-do Kai GB Applied Martial Arts and that is to offer like-minded Martial Artists the chance to develop in a Non- Political environment using a very highly effective Martial Art for Defence.
We believe that belonging to our Association / Club and practicing Martial Arts should feel Natural. People perform better when things feel natural to them.
Our training is based predominantly on natural alignment and what comes naturally to us as human beings, when most people come under pressure in a violent situation they will resort to what comes naturally to them! By harnessing your body's natural reactions to given situations and incorporating these reactions and movements into our training we are more likely to be successful in our aims to protect one's self or family in such a situation.
A1. We do not take children under the age of 5 years, this is because we cannot get Insurance cover if they are under 5 years of age, but this is totally at the discretion of the Chief Instructor ,this is also due to the children's age, Physique and concentration, time span and being able to tell the difference between their left and right hand . Coaching children is a heavy responsibility, but it can be a very enjoyable one. We take into account the child's physical and mental changes and support them at every stage of their development, helping them to reach their personal peak of fitness and skill for their age. By putting effort, progression and team spirit before winning, we encourage discipline, fair mindedness and sportsman like behaviour. We base some of their instruction around play with short bursts of actual training to help keep it light hearted and fun. Anyone over the age of 5 years can train.
A2. Generally, anyone who is in reasonable health can train. Adults over 40 years are advised to have a medical check up prior to starting training. You will get gradually stronger and fitter through our training programme, we don’t set unreasonable targets and you are allowed to come on at your own pace (not at someone else's). It is possible to work around some health issues, at present we have one student who has had open heart surgery, so, if that person can do it, so can you! It is your responsibility to notify the club secretary and the Instructor/s of any health issues you may have that may affect your training. All information is confidential.
A3. Something comfortable and loose fitting, preferably jogging bottoms and a white Tee shirt. After a few sessions you may decide to train on a more regular basis, once you have registered with us you will need to purchase a Gi(training uniform) and white Belt, this will also make you feel more a part of the club. It is advised that such items as watches/ rings/earrings/ hairpins or any other sharp object etc is removed before training starts, if you wish to keep earrings on, then they must be covered with a plaster. (For your personal safety).
A4. YOUR FIRST LESSON IS FREE. From then on Junior Classes are £4.00 and lasts one hour, Senior Classes are £5.00 and last 1 hour.There are discounts available for 3 or more training from the same family and a 25% discount for anybody who is unemployed or claiming benefits/tax credit (you must be able to produce your white card).
A5. Very safe, but, as with any Martial Art, it is a fighting / Contact Sport and there is an element of danger, but we reduce the risks as much as possible, i.e. When we are sparring where possible we only put you with partners that are roughly the same age/ grade and weight as yourself. We practice touch Karate the emphasis being that if you can touch your partner in sparring and pairs work (Mai/ correct distancing) its easy enough to follow through if you needed the application on the street. We see no point in injuring ourselves or others in training sessions. When we do go through with techniques we use heavy bags or hand held pads. For those who wish to train a little bit harder and heavier we have body armour.
A6. If you decide to train seriously with us you will need to be covered by insurance (every member has to have insurance which is renewable every year with the Governing Body) currently the fee for adults is £30.00 per annum and for juniors it is £25.00 per annum. We are insured through the British Combat Karate Association our Governing Body which issues you with a unique number which goes’ on your Licence slip, this in turn gives you your Individual Registration number, this in turn is carried over onto all your grading certificates which makes all your certificates unique to you. Your Licence slip is then placed in the back of your licence / Grading Book then every time you take a grading your Book is updated. Without the above you will not be allowed to train / Grade or take part in any of the club events / Competitions at home or abroad.
A7. Gradings are a way of monitoring your progress in the Martial Arts. Juniors have their own Grading Syllabus working from 12th Mon to 1st Mon (Internationally Recognised Junior Grade) then onto the Junior Black Belt. Seniors have their own Grading Syllabus starting at 9th Kyu working up to 1st Kyu, then onto Senior Black Belt, from here you will then move onto what we call Dan Grades going from 1st Dan up to 10th Dan. A student can expect to take approximately 4.5 to 5 years form Beginner to Black Belt (1st Dan) depending on how often he or she trains.
A8. You can train as little or as often as you like (we recognise people have lives to live, jobs to do and other social activities) and as such we don’t impose any pressure or constraints on people. But, if you are serious about your training and you want to progress up the Grading ladder and improve yourself mentally, physically and ultimately spiritually then we advise you will need to train at least 2 times per week on a regular basis.
A9. Karate means Empty Hand, so it means to fight with empty hands (no weapons).Karate is a Martial Art of Okinawan origin and is a mix of various styles and mixes from China, Okinawa and Japan. Karate was introduced into the Japanese mainlands from Okinawa in the early 1900's.
A10. We practice Traditional Wadoryu Karate as laid down and taught by Hironori Ohtsuka 1st which means “WAY OF PEACE AND HARMONY”, it is a style for self Defence, and this can be seen by the fact that every first move in the Katas we do is a block / cover. The style we do is short, sharp and to the point, minimum movement, maximum effect. It was founded by the late Master Hironori Ohtsuka Meijin and it was registered as an independent style in 1934.
Wadoryu is a mixture of Shuri-te Karate, Shindo Yoshin-ryu Jujitsu and Karate Jutsu. (Modern name Shotokan) and Aikido. Wadoryu is a fast style that does’ not rely on strength (hence women can practice this style quite easily) but relies on speed, technique and utilising your opponents power and strength against him or herself. There is nothing flowery about Wadoryu; it is fast, powerful and to the point.
You will Learn Self Discipline.
Gain Self Confidence and Awareness.
Build up your fitness, Physical Strength / Stamina and Coordination.
Learn a Practical and Effective Self Defence.(Street Defence)
Learn Self Control.
Learn an All Round Exciting and Dynamic Art.
Suitable for Boys and Girls, Men and Women.
Develop a Strong Character.
It Teaches Courtesy, Politeness and Respect for others and yourself.
It helps you learn to focus, (Not just on your Martial Arts, but in your daily lives as well).
Sense of Achievement and Pride in Yourself.
You will enjoy a friendly Club and atmosphere.
And NO POLITICS!
A12. Absolutely! In Wadoryu you do not use physical strength, but speed and technique, so Wadoryu is ideal for women and children.
A13. Quite simply yes, we have no problems with that, there's something to be learnt both ways. We have an open policy at our club that anyone from any other club or style can come and train with us, you will be most welcome. If you wish to become a full member of our club and you have grades from another style or even the same style, we would need to see verification from you i.e., your last grading / Licence Book and Certificates if you have them, once verified, you will be allowed to wear the belt of that grade. If you can’t supply that information for whatever reason, no problem, we will reassess you to see what level you are up to and grade you accordingly with a new Licence / Grading Book.
A14. Yes, there are various Kata and Kumite Competitions up and down the Country at various times of the year, again you would need to see the club notice board or speak to the club secretary for details.
A15. No! You decide what you want out of your training; you can do as little or as much as you like regarding Competitions. If it's Competition you want in either Kata or Kumite we will support you in that.
A16. Yes; we already have parents and their children training at our club, we give varying discounts depending on the size of the family or group. You will need to enquire with the club secretary on discounts (you will also need to call into the club for this information).
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